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Clean sweep for town's Green Flag parks

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Middlesbrough's much loved parks have achieved yet another coveted Green Flag clean sweep.

Albert Park, Fairy Dell, Hemlington Lake, Linthorpe Cemetery, Pallister Park, Stewart Park and Thorntree Park have all landed prestigious 2021 Green Flag Awards.

The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces, with Middlesbrough's magnificent seven joining parks and green spaces as diverse as the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire and Chiswick Old Cemetery in London.

They're among a record-breaking 2,127 parks and green spaces across the UK allowed to fly the prestigious Green Flag in the scheme's Silver Jubilee year.

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

They're a guarantee to the visiting public that the space is well maintained, has excellent visitor facilities and boasts the highest possible environmental standards.

Councillor Barrie Cooper, Middlesbrough Council's Executive Member for Environment, Finance & Governance, said: "Our amazing parks and green spaces have played a vital role throughout the uncertain times of the last 18 months, giving people places to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely.

"We know how important they are to their local communities, and these latest Green Flags are much deserved formal recognition of the huge role they play.

"The Awards are also testament to the hard work and dedication our amazing Council staff who keep these priceless parks and green spaces in tip-top condition all year round."

Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: "I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Middlesbrough's parks worthy of a Green Flag Award.

"To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that Middlesbrough's parks and green spaces have high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives."

A full list of Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces is available on the Green Flag Award website.